Scientific study has come up with quantitative evidence that speed dating can work in the selection of a mate.
But there's also plenty of qualitative evidence suggesting that speed dating can fail.
Why waste time on some jerk when you've already decided that you'll most likely never speak to him again?
Speed dating also offers a structure that -- in its brevity -- encourages polite behavior.
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Another study conducted by Stanford Business, Harvard and Columbia University researchers also found that women in the speed date setting throw out traditional requisites for a mate, like intelligence and sincerity, and go instead for physical attractiveness.
So, too, do men, but this represents no change, as men traditionally report physical attractiveness at the top of their list of desirable qualities in a mate.
Studies like the one at Ohio State University suggest that speed dating should, in theory, work.
If we can determine whether another person is a good match for us in just a minute or two, then speed dating is an optimal approach to selecting a mate.
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